Gilman Garrison House: Exeter, New Hampshire

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The Gilman Garrison House in Exeter, New Hampshire:

As part of our Building History series, today we take a look at The Gilman Garrison House in Exeter, New Hampshire:

“The massive, square-sawn logs used to build the Gilman Garrison are found only in early log construction in New Hampshire and Maine. Two sawmills owned by the Gilman family were operating across the street from the garrison site after 1648 and must have supplied timbers for the house. The thick log walls, now clapboarded over, may have been in response to the threat of Indian attack, which was strong in the Exeter area until 1723. The first written mention of the garrison is in 1719, when the ‘loghouse by the bridge’ was licensed as a tavern by John Gilman, Jr. The great wing abutting Water Street, with its elegant interior paneling, was added in the mid-eighteenth century; a century later the first floor had become a milliner’s shop. In 1966 the house was willed to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, which opens the house for tours reflecting 300 years of Exeter’s commercial and social life.”

Source: Exeter Historical Society

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